Monday, May 16, 2011
I just crossed the deadline of the marathon run of my life (till now), its not an actual run, im not that sporty.... it was many Km of crocheting wire :)
it all started on May 3rd when i was mentioned on The daily candy under the mothers day recommended gifts. well it wasn't actually even me that was recommended but my golden drop earrings with a pearl.
I've been mentioned in the past on the press so although i knew it was coming and although the journalist worn me to be prepared with some stock, i didnt really take it seriously since didnt know the daily candy, actually never heard of it to be honest.
so there it was My 3rd 2PM Israel time and 7Am east cost time and the orders started getting in, one and another one and another, i was looking at the screen in disbelief wondering if my etsy shop wont collapse with so much traffic, it turned into a race will i mange to put the item back into the shop before it gets bought again.... at some point i started renewing in bunches.
ok- so at the beginning i was thrilled but then i started panicking, how do i supply all these orders, my items are all handmade from scratch. I even considered turning the shop off saying this is it, i cant supply any more, so either order and wait a couple of days till i deliver or skip this one and come back on another time.
but since being me was stronger then having sense i kept watching the screen seeing another new line and another.
I packed my bag, told my hubby im going home to start working on all these orders, its not funny anymore.. went home situated myself on my favorite coach with all the materials around me and started producing the main hit of most orders, the crocheted golden drops with a pearl.
Shortly i realized i need to make some urgent supply orders, which i did, eventually i would have to make another order because my estimations were still modest in compare to what was commimg.
I kept working into the night, woke up early and got back to my coach, it went like this for 4 days, my hands heart and the thing that frightened me more then anything is that i hurt my hands and wont be able to supply all the orders.
Making all these items (more then a hundred) wasnt the only task, preparing the mailing and actually sending it all out to the right address (after locating all the extra 4 digits etc...for faster delivery), FIOOOOO... I was so lucky that the whole family gathered together to give a hand, the kids put labels on the boxes, located the 4 digits for the postal addresses, my hubby kept track of what was packed and made sure it went to the right addresses with the right notes inside.
We woke up On Sunday morning, took a photo shoot of all the envelopes spread on our studio table and hit it to the post office. I was never so nervous as that morning, all i wanted was to have it all sent out, to be able to notify all my buyers its on the way, that now its beyond me and now the postal services should get to work.
It wasn't easy and i had some very down moments that even brought me to tear, it happened everyday at around 16:00 everyday when my back started aching and i realized what i wont be able to finish all that i planned that day.
looking back i should have left a note quite early when orders started flowing in that it would take at least a week or 2 to supply and maybe then i would have stressed a bit less, next time ? i wonder......
Posted by YooLa at 10:57 AM
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
May is here !!! and I'm celebrating my third year on the ciber world ,Yoola is three years old :)
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Sunday, May 1, 2011
I was hoping to issue another video of my wire crocheting much earlier, but time fly by and so many other projects got in the way, but this is it, its here, my YoolaCuff video tutorial for making a crocheted cuff bracelet.
You need so much patient for video editing, i wouldn't have guessed, the funny thing is i thought it would be easier then writing more tutorials, and will enable me to issue new wire crocheting tutorials faster Haaaa :)
So its for sure not easier and it will take some time to publish more, but i think its very much worth it, it may even build up to an online workshop, ambitious for someone that only has 2 video tutorials, i know.
How it works - the buyer receives a link and a code that enable him or her to view the tutorial online. in addition i send the PDF tutorial for some more reading .
I also offer people that bought from me in the past the YoolaCuff tutorial to upgrade for a special reduced rate so they don feel left out .
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Sounds promising .... I know :)
I just had a note from a new friend from Canada, she is trying my tutorials for the first time and wrote me that her grandma taught her this technique when she was little. its best if i put in her own words :
" My grand mother called it creating with the angels because the spool was invisible. She used to say this was the part the angels helped with and that's why we couldn't see the spool. Isn't that a such a fantastic thing to tell a child!"
I'm so excited about this name, it explains everything ..... I'm crocheting with angels !!!! LOL.....
I know it sounds like im gone mad, yesterday stones and energies today angels.... or maybe im finally on track,
happy Passover & Easter :) its almost the same day this year
Saturday, April 23, 2011
For those of you reading my posts regularly this is not a new subject...... but apparently it keeps occupying me.
"To stone or not to stone" , i visited a couple of weeks ago a shop specializing with stones in Tel Aviv. The visit was SO intense, I could hardly breath, the shop was spacious and well lighten so I dont think it was a matter of air or space.
I find it hard to say out load but i think it was the energy of the stones, is it real ? I wonder.
since I didnt come with a set agenda of what I was going to buy I let myself wonder around through the overwhelming colors and pick the ones that were calling me the most. I felt like a child in a canady shop, i just wanted to have them all.
I asked the seller to indicate on each string what stone it was so I wont fail to recognize the ones i dont know, and there were quite a few of those.
When I came home I hung them next to my work table so i can see them for when i decide to actually use them.
one of the stones that were new to me was Prehnite, i didnt even know how to spell it untill a few seconds ago, I think that what was calling me about this stone is that it looks like a miniature forest that you can literally carry around with .
from what i read Prehnite enhances inner knowledge, showing the path forward to spiritual growth, it is supposed to connect the will and the heart,. you are encouraged to wear it in order to strengthen your intuition and recognize truths.
well, even if it doesnt bring ll these thing isnt it a beauty ?
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Occasionally people that see my work for the firs time would stop by either virtually or in real life and say, WOW you are so patient !!! I could never do that...
For their astonishment i tell them they couldn't be more wrong, I'm a rather active person that can't really stay still for too long. Crocheting is surprisingly calming , its my meditation . This is also why I refuse to refer to my jewelry wire crocheting as work, so what if its a source of income.
When I started giving my workshops i learned i wasnt alone there, many of the woman i meet say it gives them this very same feeling, especially with the designs that require more crocheting then assembling, such as the Cleopatra necklace, the YoolaCuff or the YoolaTube necklace.
But all this i already knew , what surprised me was that the other day when i was talking to a colleague about my wire crocheting addiction, he told me that studies show it also has benefits to the brain, (is that's why woman age better then man.... I wonder...).
I googled it and learned that according to Neuroscientist Dr. Yonas Geda from the Mayo Clinic, these activities seem to be neuro-protective and have been shown to reduce memory loss in later years by as much as 50%. he says that these activities also help to:
Reduce symptoms of depression
Boost your immune system
Lower your blood pressure
enjoy your crocheting, knitting, sewing :)
Sunday, April 10, 2011
my crocheted wire jewelry tutorials are now available also on de-cors.com, the host is the talented Corra that creates Fine Luxurious Handmade Jewelry (Wire Jewelry) from Malaysia . Corra makes unique customized handmade jewelry to feed people who desire for uniqueness. she majors in Wired Chinese Knot handmade jewelry.
Check her site you will love her jewelry and tutorials , i only started selling with her and i keep getting updates about sales completed.... what a joy !
The three tutorials I currently have with her are the YoolaCuff, the YoolaTube necklace and the YoolaSunflower, the wonderful thing about selling with her other then that she is super nice and friendly is that its an instant download site, you dont need to count on me to be there and send you your tuts, you download it yourself.